MediaTomb release 0.12.1 is now available.

Take a look at the ChangeLog to find out what’s new in 0.12.1

You can find older releases on our SourceForge download page.

Some of the packages below are not yet up to date and will be upgraded to the new release shortly.

Source code

Download source code: mediatomb-0.12.1.tar.gz
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Fedora core

Binaries for Fedora 7 and Fedora 8 are available directly from Fedora repositories! Just run the following command:

yum install mediatomb

If you want to run MediaTomb as a service, edit the /etc/mediatomb.conf file and choose a network interface. Afterwards start the server using the folowing command:

service mediatomb start

Use either the ntsysv or the graphical system-config-services utility to enable the mediatomb service startup at boot time.

Debian and Ubuntu

MediaTomb made it into Debian and Ubuntu and is part of Debian since “lenny” and part of Ubuntu since “hardy”.

Starting with version 0.11.0 there are three binary packages:

  1. mediatomb-common: The main package consisting of the MediaTomb binary and all files necessary to run MediaTomb from the command line as a regular user. The other packages depend on this package, so it is needed in all cases.
  2. mediatomb-daemon: This package has additional files to allow MediaTomb to start as a daemon at startup. Use this package if you want to run MediaTomb at boot time.
  3. mediatomb: Additional files to add a menu entry that opens up a browser to show the MediaTomb UI. This package is separated from “mediatomb-daemon” to allow installation of MediaTomb on a headless system. Install this package only on systems with X installed.

There are basically two ways of starting MediaTomb: you can either start it directly as a normal user or run it as a deamon. For the latter you’ll need the “mediatomb-daemon” package. A “mediatomb” user and group will be added automatically. You’ll find the configuration under /etc/mediatomb/config.xml, the logfile under /var/log/mediatomb and the database under /var/lib/mediatomb/. If you want MediaTomb to be started at boot time, change the NO_START option from "yes" to "" in the file /etc/default/mediatomb. To access the UI of the MediaTomb daemon open the file /var/lib/mediatomb/mediatomb.html in your browser.

Andres Mejia did most work for the packages and is now the maintainer for the package in Debian.


MediaTomb is in the FreeBSD ports tree. Visit for general information or for information about binary packages.

There are basically two ways of running MediaTomb: you can either start it directly as a normal user or run it automatically as user “mediatomb” in daemon mode (only if MediaTomb was installed from the ports). For the latter way, you’ll have to add mediatomb_enable="YES" to your /etc/rc.conf. To access the UI, open /var/mediatomb/mediatomb.html in your browser.


An ebuild for MediaTomb is now available in Gentoo.

To install it you need to run: emerge mediatomb

The following USE flags are available:

USE="curl debug exif expat ffmpeg javascript libextractor mysql taglib"


Mediatomb can easily be installed using the package manager in Pardus. All you have to do is either:

- From the Pisi GUI: search for mediatomb, click to select, click “Install Package(s)” to install

- If you like working in command-line, it’s also easy, you just need to give the following command:

       sudo pisi it mediatomb

After the installation is complete, you can use mediatomb through its command line interface, or better, use it as a system service as explained below:

- From TASMA, go to System and open Service Manager: Choose Mediatomb from the list and start it by clicking the button. If you want mediatomb to start at each boot, you can also configure that from the GUI.

- Again, if you’re a command line lover, you can issue

sudo service mediatomb start

to start it, and;

sudo service mediatomb on

to make it start at automatically at each system boot.

After the service is started, you can use the “Mediatomb” entry in your KDE Multimedia menu to perform any configuration necessary, such as adding your media files to the library.

Note that the configuration file (config.xml) of mediatomb is stored in /etc/ mediatomb directory, you can adjust it as you see necessary. The database and other library files will be created in /var/lib/mediatomb once you add your media to it.


armv4t and armv5te MediaTomb packages are available here


MediaTomb packages for NSLU2 and other Optware targets are available here

If you are running Optware you can easily install MediaTomb using the following command:

ipkg install mediatomb

The current package provides an init script with some additional configuration. To enable automatic startup of the MediaTomb daemon edit /opt/etc/default/mediatomb and change the value of MT_ENABLE to true after that start the daemon by issuing the following command:

/opt/etc/init.d/S90mediatomb start

In this configuration MediaTomb will listen on port 50500, this behavior can be changed by editing /opt/etc/mediatomb.conf and restarting the server which can by done by:

/opt/etc/init.d/S90mediatomb restart

The config.xml and the database of the daemon configuration will be created in /opt/etc/mediatomb after the first launch.

If you encounter strange behavior or are not sure what is going on, have a look at the log output which will be located in /opt/var/log/mediatomb

There has been one more change in regard to the Optware package: the default settings make use of the database backup function, have a look at the storage settings in the documentation if you want to find out more about this.

Mac OS X

MediaTomb packages for Mac OS X are available via Fink


MediaTomb packages are available in the official Mandriva repositories. The latest version, 0.11.0, can be found in /contrib/release for the development distro (Cooker) and /contrib/backports for the two most recent stable releases (2008 and 2007 Spring). Instructions on using the /backports repositories are here.

openSUSE / SuSE

MediaTomb packages for openSUSE and SuSE are available in the PackMan repository.

Static Binaries

These packages can be used as an addon to the existing vendor firmware (no reflashing required) on various embedded devices. There are absolutely no dependencies on external packages, the binaries are statically linked and have no dependencies.

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It is important to find out the architecture of your device and choose the correct package, otherwise it will simply not run.

So far the packages have been tested on the following devices:

i386 PC, Airlink WMU6500FS
mips2el Maxtor MSS-I, AVM FRITZ!Box Fon WLAN 7270
mips32el Asus WL500g, Syabas Popcorn Hour/A-100, Linksys WRT350N, Emtec Movie Cube R500
armv4 Raidsonic IB-NAS4200-B, Buffalo LinkStation Live, Thecus N4100Plus
ppce300c2 Promise NS4300N, Encore ENNHD-1GS, Conceptronic CH3WNAS

The installation is very easy, however there is one requirement: you need to have shell access (telnet/ssh/serial) to your NAS device. Download the package and unpack it on the mounted harddisk – do not install it in flash!

Here is a sample installation procedure:
tar -zxvf mediatomb-static-0.11.0-r1-linux-uclibc-mips32el.tar.gz
cd mediatomb

If you do not have tar on your device you can also mount the drive on your PC (NFS/Samba) and unpack the package from your PC. However, in this case you have to pay attention that the mediatomb/ script and the mediatomb/usr/bin/mediatomb binary have the executable flag set. Linux software will probably take care of it, but if you unpack on Windows the executable flags will not be set. You can fix this by setting the permissions manually in the console:

chmod a+x usr/bin/mediatomb

It is important that you run the script from the mediatomb directory, otherwise it will not work.

After the first startup the server will create the default configuration in mediatomb/config/config.xml, it is a good idea to set your filesystem-charset in the configuration – since locale support will most likely not be available on your device we will not be able to determine the charset from the environment. If in doubt set <filesystem-charset>UTF-8</filesystem-charset> in the @ section, check chapter 6.2 of the documentation for more details.

Latest development code

To get the latest development code use:
git clone git://

Make sure you have autoconf (at least 2.61) and automake (at least 1.10) installed and run autoreconf -i in order to generate the configure script.